Ben Heywood saw his little sister Frankie and her best friend get hit by a bus on the way to school one morning. Frankie goes into a coma and Ben retreats into his own silent world of grief. His parents find the Perlman Institute, where Dr. Elizabeth Chase, a miracle worker, works with both children to bring them back to their parents. I enjoyed this book: read it in a couple of days.
witty dialogue, savvy characters, surprise developments, and rapid pacing...mawson hits all the bases.
Interesting book about bringing people back from deep coma states. Mostly about children and got a little unbelievable at the end, but still a good read and interesting to think that someday this might really happen.
I enjoyed this book - suspenseful and exciting.
A real Sleeping Beauty comes haltingly to life in this slick but topical New Age thriller, the second novel (but the first to be published here) by British writer Mawson. When Alison Heywood evicts her husband, Jack, from their Cambridge, England, home for sleeping with his secretary, 12-year-old Ben has to take over the chore of walking his seven-year-old sister, Frankie, to school. After ducking into a store, he emerges to see her and her playmate Isabelle struck by a van; the accident kills Isabelle and leaves Frankie in a coma. The Heywoods decide to send her to the Perlman Institute in Virginia, run by charismatic Dr. Lizzie Chase, who occasionally has success reviving comatose patients with such controversial methods as sexual stimulation, recreational drugs and heavy metal music. The metaphor of indulging kids rather than censoring them is laid on thick in this emotionally manipulative narrative. So are the digs at the self-righteous types (led by a senator whose son died at Perlman) who try to close down the Institute. Meanwhile, Frankie's family and Lizzie's clique of friends are exceptionally clever and compassionate in their fight to keep the Institute operating. Mawson hits all the bases by weaving in whatever hot issues come to hand: alternative medicine, the "right to die" and the problems of medical bureaucracy. Yet he dilutes the climax by setting it in a dim dreamscape where hypnotized Ben fights to return Frankie from "the other side." The contemporaneous, real-world abduction of Frankie and Ben from the authorities who have occupied the Institute provides a showcase for Mawson's considerable strengths: witty dialogue, savvy characters, surprise developments and rapid pacing.
Wonderfully written. I could not put this book down. Thank goodness it is not that long. The ending you pretty much can guess, but it keeps you hanging on through every twist and turn just waiting to find out what will happen next.
A little wordy, but a good read.
Who wouldn't do whatever was possible for their little girl. That was the situation in The Lazarus Child.... caring for Ben who was there when the accident happened, and knowing their little girl was still "in there", in that brain damaged body.
When 7 year old Frankie lies in a coma and his parents are given no hope, they turn to Dr. Elizabeth Chase, an unconventional and controversial neurosurgeon.
It takes just an instant for a family's life to be changed forever. Now seven-year-old Frankie Heywood lies in a coma. The experts are telling her parents there is no hope. Their son is slipping away emotionally. And the Heywoods--thier marriage already strained to the breaking point--are desparate. They have one last chance. Dr. Elizabeth Chase is a brilliant neurologist who has dedicated her life to coaxing children back from the darkness. Her work is unconventional, controversial--and some say illegal. But the Heywoods have put thier trust in her. They are convinced their daughter is waiting just beyond thier reach. And they believe Dr. Chase is the miracle worker who can thrown Frankie the lifeline that will lead thier child back to them. But not even miracles occur without a price.
It takes just an instant for a family's life to be changed forever. Now seven-year-old Frankie Heywood lies in a coma. The experts are telling her parents there is no hope. Their son is slipping away emotionally. And the Heywoods--their marriage already strained to the breaking point--are desperate. They have one last chance.
Dr. Elizabeth Chase is a brilliant neurologist who has dedicated her life to coaxing children back from the darkness. Her work is unconventional, controversial--and some say illegal. But the Heywoods have put their trust in her. They are convinced their daughter is waiting just beyond their reach. And they believe Dr. Chase is the miracle worker who can throw Frankie the lifeline that will lead their child back to them. But not even miracles occur without a price.